Redwood Ride: July 20,
The Redwood Empire Endurance
Riders invite you to join them at this years Redwood Ride
in Orick, CA, 45 minutes north of Eureka on scenic Highway 101.
RIDER LIMIT: This ride is limited to 70 riders, combined for
all distances. Entry requests will be filled on a first-come,
first-served basis. Historically, the ride has filled to its
limit. Please plan accordingly and submit your ride application
TRAIL: There will be both 50-mile and a Limited Distance (35-mile)
AERC ride. We will use the same trail as the well-received 2016
ride which included never-before used trail and minimal
repeat trail. Redwood Ride is special because it is held in the
spectacular Redwood National Park and its awesome old-growth
redwood forest. You will ride through enormous Redwood stands
and peaceful alder groves. You may even spot a few late-blooming
Rhododendrons above you, or some Tiger Lilies, Violets, or Monkey
Flowers on the floor below. The trail is made up of soft single-track,
old logging roads, and maintained service roads. The weather
is usually foggy and cool in the mornings with sunny afternoons.
Conditions within the forest for the horse and rider teams are
not hot; however, they can be quite humid. This ride is a moderate-to-difficult
rated ride. The technicality of the footing, undulating topography,
and high humidity requires a fit horse and rider team. The trails
are home to an abundance of wildlife. The most frequent sightings
are elk, bears, grouse, bees, banana slugs, frogs, and osprey.
The ride will climb from sea level in camp to around 1,000 feet.
The vet checks will be away from camp. You can find a detailed
map of the trails here and on our Links & Info page.
DIRECTIONS: From either direction, follow Highway 101 through
the center of the town of Orick. Coming from the south, just
before the Redwood Creek Bridge, turn right at the Orick School
and follow the road to the Rodeo Grounds. Coming from the north,
just as you drive over the Redwood Creek Bridge, turn left at
the Orick School and follow the road to the Orick Rodeo Grounds.
RIDE RULES: Redwood Rides comply with all AERC and REER ride
rules. Dogs are allowed in camp if on a leash at all times. No
dogs in the vet in, vet check, or dinner area. Open fires are
not permitted. Those who bring extra horses (horses not participating
in the ride) will be charged a fee of $5 per horse per day. Ride
management is responsible for a per-horse fee paid to Orick Rodeo
Grounds. This is not a good trail to race; please ride carefully
and responsibly in the park. Good sportsmanship, horsemanship,
and respect for volunteers (this includes ride management) is
paramount for REER. The focus is always family, friends, fun,
and fairness to the horse.
RIDE CAMP: Opens at noon on Friday and closes at noon on Sunday
at the Orick Rodeo Grounds. There is typically plenty of room
on flat grass for trailers and corrals. Additional camping days
are usually available; contact Orick Chamber of Commerce at 707-488-2885.
There are a small number of corrals available to rent on a first-come,
first-served basis. If you use a corral, pay at check-in. Other
groups will use the rodeo grounds parking area, and part of the
area is reserved for veterinary activities. Just as you come
into camp on the left (all along the road between the T-posts
and the arena) is reserved for Redwood Trails Horse Rides and
the vets. Drive to the far end of the parking area to find a
FOOD: There will be an optional potluck Friday night before the
ride meeting. Please join and bring a casserole, salad, dessert
plate, or similar addition to share. A Saturday night dinner
is included for each rider. Extra dinner tickets are available
at check-in (note on the entry form). All volunteers eat free!
VETS: Dr. Dan Chapman, Dr. Michael Witt, and Dr. Kala Craft
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Friday Afternoon: Pick up your vet card from
registration and see the vet to vet-in your horse for Saturday.
Friday evening potluck will be followed by the ride meeting.
Bring your maps to study the trail and ask questions. After the
ride meeting there will be opportunity to ask questions, especially
if youre new to endurance. There will also be a volunteer
meeting for all of those willing to lend a hand on ride day.
Saturday night will have a catered dinner followed by an awards
ENTRY FORM NOTES: Click here or at the bottom of the page to
download adult and junior rider entry forms. Limited Distance
and 50-mile riders must show proof of current AERC membership
or pay a $15 non-member fee. Checks are cashed after the ride.
CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY: Full refund prior to 14 days before
the ride. $30 fee withheld for cancellation within 14 days of
the ride date. Cancellations (including no-shows) after the Tuesday
before the ride receive no refund. Full refund less $30 for entrants
whose horse did not pass the pre-ride veterinarian examination
by the attending ride veterinarian/s. Cancellation notice must
be received by Ride Secretary Donna Biteman either in-person,
by email (DMajicc@yahoo.com) or by phone (707-498-3221). This
policy is non-negotiable.
CONTACT INFO: Questions/concerns? Would you like to bring a volunteer
or help on ride day? Please contact:
Ride Managers, Kris Wright: firstname.lastname@example.org 530-215-6731
and Jim Biteman: email@example.com or 707-616-1955
Ride Secretary, Donna Biteman: DMajicc@yahoo.com or 707-498-3221
MAIL SIGNED ENTRY FORMS with FEES TO:
(Make checks payable to: REER/Redwood Ride)
Redwood Empire Endurance Riders
P.O. Box 292
Bayside, CA 95524